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1 March 2011 Cardiac Assessment of African Hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris)
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Cardiomyopathy is a common finding in captive African hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris) at postmortem exam. To date, treatment attempts have been mostly empirical and unrewarding. The objective of this study was to determine reference cardiac values for captive African hedgehogs based on echocardiogram, electrocardiogram (ECG), and radiographs. Adult African hedgehogs with no clinical signs of cardiac disease (n  =  13) were selected. Each animal was anesthetized with isoflurane via facemask and an echocardiogram, ECG, and radiographs were performed. Standard measurements were taken and the descriptive statistics performed. Values were comparable to limited data available in other hedgehog species and other similar-sized exotic species. Two animals were removed from consideration of reference values due to valvular defects that were considered significant. These data are the first establishing cardiac parameters in normal African hedgehogs using radiographic cardiac measurement, echocardiogram, and ECG. Evaluating animals with possible cardiomyopathy may allow for earlier diagnosis and more successful treatment.

Peter A. Black, Cecilia Marshall, Alice W. Seyfried, and Anne M. Bartin "Cardiac Assessment of African Hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 42(1), 49-53, (1 March 2011).
Received: 21 January 2010; Published: 1 March 2011

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